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Tom Brady Weighs In On Latest Developments With Kaepernick, NFL



Though one of his fellow anthem-protesting former teammates has dismissed it as a “PR stunt,” Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is set for a private workout this Saturday in Atlanta with representatives of various NFL teams, among them the New England Patriots.

The development is the closest Kaepernick has come in years to getting back into the league after opting for free agency following the 2016 season, in which he started the league-disrupting National Anthem protest movement and his team finished with a miserable 2-14 record.

“I’ll believe it when I see it,” former 49ers free safety Eric Reid, who’s now with the Carolina Panthers, said Wednesday. “At this point, it feels like a PR stunt.”

But New England Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady had a far less cynical response Thursday night.

“I think being a pro quarterback is very challenging in and of itself,” Brady told Westwood One Sports’ Jim Gray. “To have time off is a challenge, but Colin’s overcome a lot of challenges in his career, and he’s always found a way to produce. He’s very mentally tough, and I think it’s pretty cool that he’s getting that opportunity.”

In its report on the comments, CBS Boston notes that Brady has expressed his support of Kaepernick in the past, telling CBS in 2017 that he would like to see Kaepernick return to the league.

Amid reports out of ESPN that Kaepernick will not know for sure who will be attending the event Saturday, the NFL confirmed Thursday that at least 11 teams will be at the workout, among them Brady’s Patriots.

“We are looking forward to Saturday’s workout with Colin,” the league said in a statement posted on social media Thursday. “Eleven teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Washington — have already committed to attend, and it’s only Thursday. With two days remaining until the workout, we expect additional teams to commit. Former NFL Hue Jackson will lead the drills, and former NFL coach Joe Philbin will be in attendance as well. We will send video of the workout and interview to all 32 teams, including head coaches and general managers.”

According to ESPN‘s sources, when Kaepernick and his representatives were first notified by the NFL about the workout on Tuesday, “the quarterback’s reps asked for the workout to be on a Tuesday, which typically is when NFL workouts take place because head coaches and general managers can attend more easily.” However, the league said the workout needed to be held on this Saturday and offered no reason for not pushing the deadline back to allow more teams to come.

Kaepernick began what would turn into a multi-year controversy in the preseason of 2016, when he began refusing to stand for the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games. Asked why he wouldn’t stand, he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

A version of this story appears on the Daily Wire website.

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  1. Ingrid Grill

    November 15, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Shame to the owners of a football team he is a disgrace should never get a second chance 🙁

  2. Dave Donaldson

    November 16, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I say give the guy a shot. If he’s good, he will be needed by a number of teams. People do things in life that they may or may not regret later but as long as he keeps his politics out of the game, I’m ok with that.

    • kat

      November 16, 2019 at 12:47 am

      If you recall, he refuses to keep his politics out of the game. Why would now be any different?

    • William Conley

      November 16, 2019 at 6:33 am

      It’s far too late for that soft ass forgiveness shit Dave Donaldson. Be disrespected the nation it’s founding and the military/Police. I can agree some cops and even military are bad bad people are everywhere. To lump them all together is akin to saying all blacks are thugs and drug dealers like in the ghettos. Racism does exist but let’s not pretend like it’s a one way deal only perpatrated by white people.

  3. kat

    November 16, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Kap mentally tough? More like mentally stupid.

    • Howlingmad

      November 16, 2019 at 2:29 am

      . . . an STUPID, is “Away’s Expensive” !

  4. Neil Hauser

    November 16, 2019 at 1:22 am


  5. Howlingmad

    November 16, 2019 at 2:28 am

    He MADE HIS BED . . . now he can “Ly In It” !. I say NO !, to any return by him !.

  6. William Conley

    November 16, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Just keep giving people a reason to never come back to your self serving anti American league eh NFL? I hope they do draft him so whatever team picks him up gets taught a lesson the only way they know how to learn through the pocketbook.

  7. Boudin

    November 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    More weakness and stupidity from the NFL on Goodell’s watch. Worst commissioner in the history of the league. It’s disgusting the way they are bending over for this POS.

  8. lth58

    November 16, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    It would be great if he could play for Cincinnati. I’d get a kick out of seeing him get sacked 8 times a game.

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